With many birders off work and making the most of spare time, there has traditionally been a peak in rare bird discoveries over the Christmas and New Year period. Ed Stubbs provides some inspiration for the coming days.
As August turns to September, wader passage is in full swing throughout the UK. Sought-after species include Wood and Curlew Sandpipers and Little Stint, and many birders hope to find rarer visitors such as Pectoral and Buff-breasted Sandpipers. But how many have Great Snipe on their radar?